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Friends of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Within New York's cultural landscape, The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing is a unique and unparalleled resource to comprehend our complex global society. The Friends of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas provides an opportunity for special access and ongoing engagement with the leading institutional collection of African, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art in North America and the unparalleled expertise of its curatorial specialists. Friends' dues are critical to support of the departmental exhibition program in The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing Special Exhibition Gallery, which has been the site of innumerable gem-like shows that give critical visibility to the areas of art history represented by our department. Join the department's curators in exploring the rich visual cultures of these seminal areas of art history and their historic influence on other world arts and ongoing contemporary relevance.

An annual program of activities includes close looks at areas of the collection behind the scenes, dialogue with international specialists on significant developments in their fields, conversations with contemporary artists and connoisseurs about their aesthetic responses to works elucidated by curatorial presentations, and opportunities to consider far-ranging connections to the Museum at large.

Annual dues: $6,000 ($4,786 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $5,000 ($3,786 is tax deductible)

For more information, please contact Matthew Noiseux at 212-570-3706 or

Highlights of Past Events

  • Invitations to first viewings of and cocktail receptions of departmental exhibitions such as Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas (2015); Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art (2014); and The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (2013)
  • Lectures and discussions about Museum works led by curatorial staff, conservators, artists, and/or guest lecturers
  • Visits to notable private collections and temporary exhibitions

Above: Gallery view, The Andean Tunic, 400 BCE–1800 CE, March 2011